How to get answers to your real estate questions

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09/18/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff

Have you ever gone to one of those online property-listing sites and visited the message boards? People ask all sorts of questions, like

  • How much is my home is worth?
  • Should I add a deck before selling my house?
  • Can I qualify for a loan?
  • How much should my downpayment be?

It’s tough to get straight answers to these questions from a stranger on the Internet. Why? They probably don’t know the market for your neighborhood to determine your home’s worth. They also may not know if buyers where you’re located are looking for a deck. And it’s unlikely you’d want share your personal financial details on a message board to get an accurate opinion on your creditworthiness or downpayment options.

There is one source you can ask these and many more questions, and it’s a Texas REALTOR®. Texas REALTORS® in your market can access accurate data about recent home listings and sales, as well as actually visit your house to give you the right listing price. They also deal with buyers in your market and know what features they are looking for in properties right now. And they have many resources to help you understand the financial aspects of homeownership.

Instead of going to an online message board, navigate to the Find a Texas REALTOR® tool to locate someone who can answer your questions about buying, selling, and leasing property in Texas.

Categories: Buyers, Sellers, Landlords, Homeowners, Renters
Tags: consumers, buying, renters, leasing, selling


Mike Swafford on 12/13/2016

Our home has settled leaving some cracks in the drywall and some doors sticking.  As the weather changes (very common in southeast Texas) the cracks close and the doors stop sticking.  We have had two reputable foundation companies come out and neither one of them will make a commitment that our slab is cracked.  When questioned they just seem to avoid the question.  Settling is quite common in our area.  Both of these companies are wanting an enormous amount of money to fix what they say just needs a little tweeking.  I have also had a man who has built concrete foundations here for many years come out and he said I do not have a cracked slab, my home was just settling.  He also said if they fix it, it would just do it again as most of these homes were built on gumbo and clay.  He highly advised not to waste my money.  Now for my question.  Do I have to have this repaired before I can sell the home?  Will loan institutions loan money to a potential buyer or will they require it to be fixed before they loan money even if it is just settling?  If they require it to be fixed can we deduct the amount for repairs and then sell it “as is.”  We are retired and cannot afford to fix it yet we cannot afford to give the home away either.  Please please tell me what the Texas law requires concerning this matter.  We most definitely do not want to sell under false pretensions, yet we are not foundation experts either.  Just don’t know what to say or do when we put it on the market.  Please help me if you can or steer me to someone who can.  Some realtors tell us no problem yet some say different.  Please help and Thank you so much.  P.S.  what about a inspection engineer?  Will they take his word.  Just don’t want to be “had.”

sandy on 09/10/2016

My husband brought an investment property in Texas and told me that he was putting both our names on the title. We live in a different state. He asked me NOT to come to closing and asked me to sign a notarized power of attorney so that he can sign on my behalf at the closing. The POA he took appointed him as my agent to deal with all the transactions regarding that house.
I later realized that the title doesn’t have my name. I am trying to understand what he accomplished with this process. Can please explain the difference between the below three scenarios.
1. The Texas investment property has both our names on the title.
2. The Texas investment property is just on my husband’s name.
3. The Texas investment property is just on my husband’s name, and he got a POA signed and notarized from me that appoints him as my agent to deal with all the transactions.

Charles on 03/07/2016

I am a new resident of Texas.
I would like to know if Texas provides any protections for veterans purchasing with a VA loan?

Does Texas law require the seller to completely fill the TAR seller disclosure notice?  Is the seller required to not leave blank spaces on the form unanswered, even if the seller is unsure of the answers to line items listed on the form?

Frances Deshais on 09/30/2015

I have a question regarding fencing in Houston, TX

Dale Heysse on 09/23/2015

Let’s say my wife and i see a home sign and we are interested. We contact the realtort on the sign, look at it but not make an offer. Then we ask the realtor to help us find similar homes and begin looking.

If we find a home and make an offer on it, is the realtor who has been helping us find a home working for us or for the seller? Is he/she bound to keep confidential things my wife and I discuss about the property?

We have been told that in Texas all realtors are working for the sellor UNLESS you have a buyer broker agreement signed in advance, which binds them to be our agent and not the seller’s. Is this correct? I looked on the TAR and TREC websites and no answers to be found.

Emery Stautzenberger (Broker) on 09/18/2015

Have you asked these questions before ?

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